The Batman is one of 2022's most anticipated films. But given the rising number of COVID-19 cases, especially with the Omicron variant; it's possible the film could be pushed back from its planned March release.
WarnerMedia CEO, Jason Kilar, spoke to Puck News about what Warner Bros. holds in store for 2022. During the interview, he discussed whether the DC adaptation could experience a delay.
The Batman Potential Delay Gets Addressed by WarnerMedia CEO
Kilar was asked whether The Batman could shift release dates. But, the WarnerMedia chief has put these worries to rest, confirming that as it currently stands, Matt Reeves' film is still coming out in March:
We’re certainly paying attention to everything going on with Omicron. We feel good about the date right now. We’re gonna watch it day by day.
The question comes right after Sony pushed back another comic book film, Morbius, from January to April following a rise in cases.
Ever since the pandemic arrived, cinema has suffered a huge hit with numerous film delays and record low-box office intakes. So it makes sense for Warner Bros to look after one of their biggest assets.
The pandemic's also factored in the company shifting to day-and-day releases for 2021's films in cinemas and on its streaming service, HBO Max. But, many suspect this may have hindered their box office intakes, as films like The Matrix Resurrections and The Suicide Squad heavily underperformed.
Clearly, the cinema experience isn't dead, as proven by Spider-Man: No Way Home. The film took 12 days to earn a billion worldwide and has become one of the 10 highest-grossing movies ever.
Nevertheless, The Batman is still due to launch in March.